I got this recipe from my sister-in-law and I tweaked it slightly.
12 small round brinjals
1/2 cup peanuts
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tsp ginger garlic paste (adjust as per your taste)
2-3 green chillies
1 small onion
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 small lime size tamarind
salt as per taste
1. Roast peanuts, sesame seeds and poppy seeds seperately. Take them into a blender and blend into a smooth paste.
2. Cut the brinjals into 4 parts with the stem intact. It should be like a cross mark. Fry them in some oil until they are slightly tender. While frying add some salt to brinjals so that they don't change their colour. Once they are tender take them aside.
3. In the same pan add some more oil and add cumin seeds. Once they start spluttering, add the sliced onion and green chillies. Saute until onion turns transluscent and then add some turmeric powder and peanut paste. Add red chilli powder, salt and little water and cook covered until the gravy leaves oil.
4. Extract tamarind pulp and add to the gravy. Now add the fried brinjals and garam masala to the gravy and cook for another 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens and brinjals are well done.
Garnish with cilantro and serve with either biryani or chapathis.
Sending this to Mona who is hosting RCI-Authentic Hyderabadi Cuisine.